Junjun is not a saint

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014


SPEAKING before the members of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals (BCBP) over the weekend, Cebu Gov. Hilario “Junjun” Davide III said that since he assumed office seven months ago he hasn't received any offer from contractors transacting with the Provincial Government to give him kickbacks or commissions.

He added that if somebody does offer that to him, he will tell the guy to donate the money to the needy.

I appreciate the effort of the governor to resist temptation by refusing to receive the so-called SOP (standard operating procedure) from government projects. He is following the anti-corruption campaign of President Noynoy Aquino called “Matuwid na Daan.”

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But the governor's commitment remains to be seen. Corruption varies in degree and is multi-faceted. Contractors use different approaches to corner government projects. I am afraid that Junjun would succumb to their enticing offers because of the need to fund his reelection bid.

Where will he get the money to finance his campaign especially because in the 2016 elections PNoy will already be out of politics? The number one reason why our politicians become corrupt is because of our expensive electoral exercise.

People sell their votes to politicians. And where will politicians get the money to buy these? They get it from their contributors, many of whom are contractors.

Junjun is not a saint. He is also not that rich that he does not need monetary contributions from people who have hidden business agenda. I even suspect that those who helped him financially in the last elections are now penetrating Capitol. Meaning that it's payback time.

So that the public will believe in what he is saying, I challenge Davide to be transparent in all his dealings by making public those who are joining biddings and other transactions in his administration.

Okay, let's give Junjun the benefit of the doubt. But what about the people around him? Basin maglakaw lang siya nga walay ulo. I am afraid that somebody close to him will use his name to do hanky-panky.

This is happening in the Aquino administration. Do you think all the Cabinet members of PNoy are toeing the line as far as his anti-corruption campaign is concerned? If they are, why is it that corruption is still prevalent at the Bureau of Customs, DPWH and other agencies?

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) was even questioned for its relief efforts for the victims of super typhoon Yolanda. Now, the construction of bunkhouses as temporary shelter for the typhoon victims in Leyte and Samar provinces is being tainted with allegations of anomalies.

See that? Mao pay pagsgod sa rehabilitation program gisanapan na sa mga nomaliya.

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My article last Monday about the incident in an escalator at the Ayala mall generated reactions from people who went through the same experience as Zeus Alemania last Dec. 22.

Leonido Tala, an OFW working in Mahajanga, Madagascar, emailed me about the experience of his three-year-old daughter last year. He asked his wife to give me the details because he was in Africa at the time of the incident.

Maria Martes Espagnolo also wrote me: “We witnessed it before when the slipper of a man pushing a stroller got caught in the escalator just as he was getting off. The escalator is at the third floor and is located near Time Zone.”

Kuyaw gyud diay ning escalator sa Ayala mall. Manglamoy og tiil. Magbantay lang gyud ta.

(bobby.nalzaro@uahoo.com)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 08, 2014.

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